One of our favorite monthly Portland craft beer events are the Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) hikes. This is a monthly gathering of hikes held during the dryer months that takes place in Portland’s Forest Park. A member of the Forest Park Conservancy along with a featured brewer or two lead a hike that discusses various wild plants that are thriving in Forest Park that can potentially be used in beer and/or cider.
With the 2015 Beers Made By Walking now wrapping up, this Saturday, October 10th, will bring together 15 beers and one cider for the annual BMBW Portland Beer Tapping. The BMBW event takes place from Noon until 5:00pm, at four various bars in Southeast Portland including Belmont Station, Horse Brass Pub, Likewise, and Bazi Bierbrasserie.
Each brewery is donating the beer for this event and a percentage of the the beer sales on October 10 will support the Forest Park Conservancy’s work restoring Forest Park. “Cumulatively, the beers create a drinkable landscape portrait of Forest Park,” says Eric Steen, founder and director of BMBW.
Participants can visit any of the four pubs in any order from Noon to 5:00pm. For those interested in a scheduled walk between the four venues, a walking party will begin at Belmont Station at noon and end at Bazi Bierbrasserie.
The Beer List, in order by pub stops:
Belmont Station – 4500 SE Stark Blvd. Portland
Hopworks Urban Brewery Cedarcalifragilisticexpialidocious – Western Red Cedar tips, love, and a little bit of magic. Hoppy red ale brewed with cedar. 6.3% / 76 IBU
Laurelwood Brewing There Gose the Neighborhood – Gose is an old wheat beer style that uses Lactobacillus bacteria, coriander and salt. We were inspired by berries on our walk this year for Beers Made by Walking and decided to add one of our favorite berries, strawberries. 5.1%, 8 IBU
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider Newtown Hawthorne – Newtown Pippin cider with Hawthorne berries, Dandelion root, Burdock root and Cedar chip bag garnish. 7.9%
Upright Brewing Barrel Aged Six – A blend of two casks, one that formerly held our barleywine, and before that rum, and before that bourbon. The second cask was used for nocino (walnut liquor). We added a poplar bud tincture gives the blend a distinct character that goes well with the cask associated flavors. 7.2%, 20 IBU
Horse Brass Pub – 4534 SE Belmont St. Portland
Burnside Brewing / Coalition Brewing Collaboration Bustin’ Grapes – Tart Gruit bittered with Oregon Grape root and back sweetened with local pinot noir grapes. No hops added, bittered with Oregon Grape root. 6.2%, 0 IBU
Humble Brewing Trail Time – Saison brewed with Hawthorn berries and lemon balm tea. 4.7%, 43 IBU
Hopworks Urban Brewery Wandering Brewers Bitter – An Extra Special Bitter inspired by Portland’s Forest Park. 4.6%, 51 IBU
Likewise – 3564 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
Ecliptic Brewing Cedar Canopus – Our Canopus IPA aged on Western Red Cedar. 6.8%, 70 IBU
Hopworks Urban Brewery Morning Brew – A light bodied, malty beverage to accompany you on any morning stroll through the woods. A hint of black malt along with vanilla leaf adds to the complexity of every sip. 5%, 10 IBU
Hopworks Urban Brewery The Situationist Regional – Get lost with this Strong Ale, brewed with tips from Western Hemlock, Doug Fir, Grand Fir, and Cedar. 6.2%, 50 IBU
Widmer Brothers Brewing TBA
Bazi Bierbrasserie – 1522 SE 32nd Ave, Portland
Base Camp Brewing Forest Park Wild Yeast Barrel Aged ‘Shroomed Pilgrimage Saison – Saison aged in a rum barrel that previously held our lager and candy cap mushrooms, fermented with a wild yeast from the Ancient Forest Preserve, an old growth forest owned by Forest Park Conservancy. 7.6%, 12 IBUs
The Commons Brewery Tinderbox – Saison with redwood bows, cedar bows & pine smoked tea. 4.6%, 11 IBU
High Street Homebrew Club HSHC Spruce Lee – Simcoe hops heighten the citrus taste that both contrasts and compliments the aromatic spruce tip addition. This beer was brewed commercially at Portland U-Brew. 6.8%, 74 IBU
Hopworks Urban Brewery Samsara – Belgian Pale with licorice fern, wild ginger, and extra light maple syrup. Inspired by the falling path of a Maple whirlybird. 5.3%, 15 IBU
10 Barrel Brewing Sweet Chariot – Belgian style fruit beer that was soured in the kettle with lactobacillus culture, fermented with sweet cherries and Belgian yeast. 6.0%, 8 IBU
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.